Sample Ceremony

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 WEDDING CEREMONY OUTLINE

An interesting point regarding the wedding ceremony:
From a legal point of view there is precious little that has to be done.
Law requires: a legal declaration by groom and bride, “I do” and the pronouncement of the marriage by the marriage officer.
That’s less than 60 seconds!

To dignify the moment and to add the deserved weight to the occasion a wedding ceremony outline could look like this:

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Beautiful wedding bouquet lying on top of the veil

 
PROCESSIONAL
entrance of bridesmaids, flower girl/s, page boy/s father & bride

WELCOME
celebrant welcomes guests & offers a brief introduction
ladies & gentlemen we have come together to join together this man & this woman in matrimony; reads an inspirational piece on marriage

READING OR SONG
optional
someone might have a reading of sorts or a song to singLEGAL DECLARATION
requirement of law: celebrant asks: do you A declare that there is no lawful impediment to your proposed marriage with B here present and that you call on the persons here present to witness that you take her to be your lawfully wedded wife? response: “I do” (same for bride)ADDRESS
celebrant will dignify the occasion with words about marriage for 3 minutes

SHARING OF VOWS
groom & bride share their chosen or traditional vows.
normally repeated after celebrant

EXCHANGE OF RINGS
celebrant elaborates on the symbolism & significance of the rings.
groom & bride repeat a short ring vow after the celebrant

LIGHTING OF UNITY CANDLE
optional
groom & bride light two separate candles.
they then burn a larger free standing candle together
– symbolic of two becoming one

READING
optional

PRONOUNCEMENT
celebrant declares groom and bride to be lawfully married
“you may kiss the bride”SIGNING OF THE REGISTER
groom & bride sign the marriage register with two witnesses

RECESSIONAL
groomsmen & bridesmaids link arms and exit followed by groom and bride


Thought!
Nobody has come to listen to a thesis on marriage folks.
A great wedding ceremony should last about 25 to 30 minutes.
All the bases are covered and the guests have not drifted off.
The above time will also depend on whether there are song items or readings by family / friends.


 

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